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Central America 2016: Administrative & Public Law

In Costa Rica and Honduras, civil and administrative matters are dealt with, in the first instance, by the administrative contentious court, and in Costa Rica cases can then be directed to Chamber I of the Supreme Court of Justice. Similarly, in El Salvador, it is the Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice that handles such matters. 

Lawyers practicing in this field often represent foreign entities, helping them to navigate the complex regional landscape. The practice area permeates many key sectors in the region such as TMT, energy, project financing and pharmaceuticals and so for many lawyers, it forms part of their practice alongside other fields of law. Administrative and constitutional appeals, administrative contracting and public bids and tenders often fall within the remit of their practice; with the recent boom in infrastructure projects, particularly in Costa Rica, where at the end of 2015 the Central American Bank of Economic Integration approved a $287 million financing for infrastructure throughout the country, it is unsurprising that the past year has been particularly busy for the legal community.

Regional firms are well represented in this chapter. Arias y Muñoz leads the research with an eight listings across Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, demonstrating its impressive scope across Central America. Consortium Legal’s geographical breadth is also evident, with five listings across four jurisdictions.

Costa Rica

Aguilar Castillo Love is represented by four leading lawyers. Esteban Agüero Guier is admired by clients for “his fantastic background in public law”. Ruben Zamora Castro is “a first-rate lawyer” whose experience in the public services legal department makes him “a true asset”. Marco Solano Gomez is known the “insightful counsel that he delivers to clients”. The “remarkable” John Aguilar-Quesada is commended by peers for his “astute legal mind”.

Three impressive individuals at Arias & Muñoz achieve listings this year, including the “incredibly bright” Roy Herrera who runs “a first-class public and civil law practice”. Carlos Camacho is highly regarded for his government relations and his public infrastructure practice. Carlos Ubico leads the firm’s administrative law group and is “extremely well-versed in administrative proceedings”. He is particularly recognised for his “brilliant work in administrative litigation proceedings”.

Head of the public law practice at BLP Luis Ortiz is recognised as “an authority in Costa Rican public law matters”. Luis Chacón wins praise from clients, including national and multinational companies, for his “invaluable administrative litigation experience”. Jorge Brizuela’s “terrific practice” encompasses all areas of public law, including administrative litigation, appeals processes, and public and private bids.

At Consortium Legal, Carlos Andrés Arguedas Vargas has over a decade’s worth experience in administrative law, including public procurement. Sources describe him as “a consummate expert in Costa Rican public law”. Rolando Laclé Castro is regarded as “a very important figure in the market” and is also commended for his “sharp intellect” and “resolute focus”.

Kathya Araya at Facio & Cañas is regarded as a “very knowledgeable” practitioner especially in relation to environmental administrative law issues”. Alongside her, Alfonso Liao is recommended for his “excellent counsel” in relation to administrative laws and procedures.

At Pacheco Coto, Marvin Céspedes possesses “vast experience and a strong skillset” when dealing with administrative contracting, public bids and tenders, and processing administrative and constitutional appeals.

Alejandro Batalla at Batalla Salto Luna is “a powerhouse of knowledge” when it comes to Costa Rican administrative law and delivers “comprehensive and creative advice” for both local and foreign clients.

At Zurcher Odio Raven, founding partner Alberto Raven Ramírez is regarded among peers as “a leading light in administrative law matters”.

El Salvador

At Central Law, Piero Antonio Rusconi Gutierrez provides both foreign and domestic clients with “invaluable counsel” on public and administrative processes. He is joined by Luis Alonso Medina who is also a noted expert in administrative law, as well as government contracts.

At Arias & Muñoz, Eduardo Ángel is “a true specialist” when it comes to administrative litigation proceedings and is admired for his “keen eye for detail”.

Jose Eduardo Tomasino at Consortium Legal is considered “a go-to figure for administrative law issues” in the country.

Guatemala

QIL+4 Abogados achieves two listings in Guatemala, including the “brilliant” Gabriela Roca. She is admired for her “great experience” dealing with public and private international bidding processes for infrastructure projects.  Alongside her, María Isabel Luján Zilbermann is regarded as “a first-rate practitioner” who is revered for her “calm and measured approach to cases”.

At Consortium Legal, Lionel Francisco Aguilar Salguero is highly regarded for “his expertise in matters of labour law.

Honduras

Arias & Muñoz is represented by Fanny Rodríguez Del Cid, considered “a top-notch litigator” and highly respected for her vast administrative experience. She is joined by the “brilliant” Evangelina Lardizábal who boasts “strong administrative law expertise”.

At Bufete Melara & Asociados, Oscar Armando Melara Facussé runs “a fantastic administrative law practice” and offers “practical and effective solutions to complex cases”.

Claribel Medina at Central Law has more than 20 years of experience in administrative law and is known for her “encyclopaedic knowledge of licensing procedures”. 

Clients “would not hesitate to recommend” Consortium Legal’s Oscar Armando Manzanares Diaz, who is “highly sought after for his sound judgement”.

Enrique Rodríguez-Burchard at Aguilar Castillo Love is “a stand-out practitioner” and is known for his “great expertise” in civil procedure law.

Nicaragua

LatamLex Nicaragua is represented by the “highly respected” Prisca Maria Porras Diaz, who is “extremely well versed in Nicaraguan administrative and constitutional law”.

Yalí Molina at Central Law acts on behalf of both foreign and domestic companies, and wins praise for his “exceptional work” dealing with administrative rights and civil procedural law.

At Arias & Muñoz, Ana Teresa Rizo runs a “distinguished public procurement practice”.

Panama

At Galindo Arias y Lopez, Carlos Lucas López Tejada is “a consummate expert” in the field of administrative and procedural law, and garners praise for his “invaluable and extensive legal experience”.

Annette Bárcenas Olivardia at Alfaro Ferrer & Ramírez is well regarded when it comes to the financing of public services and is commended for her “user-friendly practice”.

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